VietCamLao Chapter 20 – Hoi An and Da Nang areas

VietCamLao Chapter 20 – Hoi An and Da Nang areas


Graceful, historic Hoi An is Vietnam’s most atmospheric and delightful town Once a major port, it boasts the grand architecture and beguiling riverside setting that befits its heritage, and the 21st-century curses of traffic and pollution are almost entirely absent The face of the Old Town has preserved its incredible legacy of tottering Japanese merchant houses, Chinese temples
and ancient tea warehouses though residents and rice fields have been gradually replaced
by tourist businesses We found great holiday atmosphere in Hoi An as we arrive just before Chinese new year
A lot of people/light and fireworks Next morning, we decided to relax on the beach Enjoy the wind, sun and sand Lay down and do nothing in this amazing atmosphere Check out this scenic footage with incredible background Definitely should be in the top 10 honeymoon destination Hoi An is one of the most famous places in Vietnam where
you can make your tailored clothes You can come out with any design and style and copy
any of your favourite branded items Unfortunately we came in a really busy holiday period
and the prices were really high Impulsively we decided to order a couple of items and in the long run we are quite unhappy with our decision After 10 washing cycles our tailored shirts were already poorly looking Material quality, buttons and general finish is quite bad This is Terra Cotta park in Hot An While they are modifying our jackets We will make some pots The Thanh Ha village was famous for its pottery, bricks and tiles Especially the unique Yin – Yang tiles which you can still see on many roofs in the old city of Hoi An This park was inspired by this centuries old pottery tradition and was built in 2010 So, first of all we are choosing a model we gonna do Go for something challenging, Max I wanted to make a coffee cup This is right for you This looks tricky to do, so… Professional, ah!?! It’s actually much harder than I was expecting Oh, sh..t, I just destroyed it We need to go slower Ok, I try, I do We will try to sell it on the night market today Let’s go paint Artist, are you ready? Yes, I’m actually very ready to make this Exploration Brothers cup It’s more like for rice wine Or some flowers It’s nice decoration for the table or for toothbrush, maybe, when you are traveling Beautiful already Sun Let’s make a house here The highlight of Thanh Ha Terracotta Park is the World Square Masterpiece series includes works of art of human architecture such as the Leaning Tower of Pisa, Taj Mahal, Sydney Opera House,
the White House Pyramid of Egypt and much more… made entirely of clay
by the artisans of the village Wow I think every famous place in the world is represented here So? Still waiting for the tailor I think the pants a bit tight Just to give you small feedback We are really pain in the a..s I think After second time they adjust, they kind of Ok… Remember that it’s lunar’s New Years Eve tonight so It’s lunar New Year here is Vietnam Yeah, it’s really busy here A lot of local people, a lot of tourists We are waiting for fireworks Many people trying to sell you things Some nice candles So you can make a wish, no!?! It is busy! You have a lot of money here, ah!?! This lady has a lot of money to burn She has the whole evening for this I heard that a lot of people sell their houses for this event With its population of 120.000 Hoi An receives more than
1,5 millions tourists a year They are all here because of its history, traditional architecture
and crafts such as textiles and ceramics All preparations are over and countdown for New year eve officially started Hội An translates as “peaceful meeting place” but not tonight Loud music, fireworks and happy crowds are at the center
of the city life tonight Are you ready? Yes Yeah, what time? 5 minutes more Hands down the best Chinese New Years Eve celebration for us,
and the first one Dragons, fireworks, smiley politicians and travellers made it this way In 1999 the old town was declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO as a well-preserved example of a Southeast Asian trading port
of the 15th to 19th centuries Its buildings and its street plan reflect the influences both indigenous and foreign, that have combined to produce
this unique heritage site For luck! They are real money, not the… Don’t burn them! I was thinking they will bring the fake money so we can burn it but it’s real ones I think if you want to make tailored clothes Then you need to plan more days here because it will take you one and a half day out If you want to do, plan one day more at least Yeah, yeah or just don’t do it And we are heading north to Hue tonight Hanoi is waiting for us so we just need to carry on driving Yeah So we took an elevator just to show that there is possibility to get to the marble mountains by elevator If not, we will just walk Yeah, you can walk but we don’t want to sweat any more The cluster of limestone outcrops that make up the Marble Mountains were initially sacred sites worshipped by the Cham peoples of
Central and Southern Vietnam They also contain a myriad of cave networks and tunnels that
the Cham recognised as holy places In the centuries since the Champa Empire, Buddhist followers have built shrines and temples at the summits of the mountains and in the caves below them Named after the elements metal, wood, water, fire and earth Marble Mountains exist in a coastal area that is renowned for stone-cutting and sculpture about 9km south of Da Nang I just finished my last artwork, art piece and we’ve done here so we can just carry on How much time you spent here? Ah! Couple of minutes we’ve been here, no? Despite countless wars and uprisings, in the late 20th century the Marble Mountains faced a different kind of threat to itself The red, white and green marble used by local carvers for tombstones, statues, and souvenirs sold in Da Nang and
the surrounding beaches came from the large rock deposits in the mountains themselves The sacred stone hills even supplied the building material
for Ho Chi Minh’s mausoleum in Hanoi So, in order to maintain the mountains as a destination worth visiting quarrying has recently stopped, ensuring the mountains’ longevity The summit of Thuy Son is the only Marble Mountain accessible for visitors and it can be easily reached by 43-metre high glass elevator To summarize our experience: Perfect place to spend several hours on a hot day scenic views and stunning grottas guaranteed So, where we are? Chua Linh Ung It’s a temple complex, another one This is mind blowing thing The bonsai here… This is not Ikea bonsai here This is proper stuff And maybe thousands of people here This is the first place I see where there are more locals than tourists and the statue is also really nice Quite impressive, we need to check what is the length of it Let’s have a walk Yeah, let’s go Linh Ung pagoda is the largest pagoda of scale and
artistic architecture in Da Nang area Its Lady Buddha statue is considered the tallest one in Vietnam Its not coincidence that its facing the ocean as Lady Buddha
is a protector of fishermen A lot of smoke there The pagoda was official inaugurated on July 30th, 2010 Linh Ung features perfect harmony between the modern and traditional architectures of Vietnamese pagodas especially in the three-entrance gate, the main chamber
and the ancestors’ house Beautiful Yeah, really nice Huge! 18 stone Arhat statues are one of the most distinctive
features of Ling Ung pagoda Da Nang marks the halfway point between the capital in the north Hanoi, and Ho Chi Minh City in the south Nowhere in Vietnam is changing as fast as Da Nang For decades it had a reputation as a provincial backwater but big changes are ongoing and you can see that The city has grown rapidly in recent years and reached a population of over 1 million people in 2014 Da Nang’s coastline stretches 30 kilometres, renowned for calm cool waters and also popular for fishing, water-skiing and diving Wow, this place looks very simple Yeah, but that’s probably their secret I think this is the best chicken I ever had Sorry, mom, for that This is really good stuff!

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